Sunderland has a good reputation with employers. The large majority of our social studies graduates who find jobs within six months of graduating are classed as ‘public service professionals’, ‘social welfare associate professionals’ or as undertaking ‘caring personal service occupations’. (Unistats 2012/13)
We have a wide range of contacts and networks in the region in a broad range of health and social care organisations helping us to provide quality placements.
Examples of organisations that employ our graduates include:
- Drug and alcohol agencies (public, private and voluntary sectors)
- Mental health agencies
- Charities (e.g. Age UK, MIND)
- Social Care (e.g. Turning Point)
- Social Work
Some of our graduates go on to further study, such as taught Masters courses or research degrees in health service management, occupational therapy, social work, health promotion and public health.
We invite guest speakers to the University, or we go on a visit to their workplace, to build up your knowledge of how theories work out in practice. Past speakers have come from public, private and voluntary agencies such as Children North East, Lifeline, Healthworks and Headlight.
Visiting speakers help you relate academic learning to the varied opportunities that await you in the work arena. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.
To further enhance employability you will undertake a 60-hour placement during your final year. This is an excellent opportunity to put your knowledge into context and your learning into practice. Past placements have been with organisations such as local hospices, residential care homes, disability support, schools, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, the North of England Refugee Service and Age UK.
You can switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get a broader perspective on issues of health and social care and gain international experience.
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.
To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:
Tel: 0191 515 3751
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience:
- Work placements
- Graduate internships
- Studying abroad
- Student Ambassador Scheme
- Starting your own business
- Student jobs and volunteering
- Careers advice
For full details, please see our Employability page.